San Francisco starts plastic bag ban

Speaking of plastic bags, San Francisco already started eliminating their use (unless they’re biodegradable) in large grocery stores last week, according to San Francisco Chronicle. According to a new policy from the city’s Department of Environment, only retail businesses and smaller grocery stores are still allowed to hand out the bags while pharmacy chains will also start eliminating plastic bag use six months from now.

Stores that don’t comply face fines starting at $100 for a first violation. Penalties increase to $200 for a second violation in the same year and to $500 thereafter. The Department will start enforcing the rules on December 1.

Other major cities around the world are planning to follow San Francisco’s lead, according to the article.

I have no problem using paper bags as long as it doesn’t rain and nothing from my grocery will spill inside. Admittedly, I have deep fondness for my plastic bags as they help me save money by recycling them into garbage bags. Most of all they’re really efficient in carrying my grocery!

Hopefully compostable plastic bags will soon be easily available – just don’t charge me extra for it!

By the way, what happened to recycling plastic bags???


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2 Responses to San Francisco starts plastic bag ban

  1. Leah Kohlenberg 12 June, 2009 at 6:52 am #

    Hi Doris,

    I’m the editor of a monthly magazine published in Armenia, in Armenian and English.

    We’d love to use the image of the bag on this post for an issue we are doing on the environment. Can we do that if we credit your website? If so, what organization should we exactly credit?

    Just e-mail me and let me know for sure.

    Best Regards,

    Leah Kohlenberg

  2. Doris 12 June, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi Leah,
    Unfortunately, we don’t own this photo and this is scattered all over the blogosphere. I am not sure who the original creator for this. Sorry, I can’t be of help with this one.


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